Oct. 10, 2012
SMU returns to Moody Coliseum Friday, hosting Tulane at 7 p.m. before taking on UTEP Sunday at 1 p.m. Fans who like the SMU Volleyball Facebook page can print a coupon for free admission to the match on Friday against the Green Wave. The Mustangs completed a four-match road trip with a weekend sweep at UCF and Southern Miss, earning two of the three weekly Conference USA awards.
The Last Meeting
October 9, 2011
The Last Meeting
November 18, 2011
Tulane enters the match 4-14 overall, losing six of its last seven matches, and has a 2-5 C-USA record. Cori Martone leads the team and is sixth in the conference with 3.76 kills per set. Olivia Utt is in the top-10 in the conference in blocks, with 72 total blocks this season.
UTEP is fourth in the conference with a 5-2 record, just a match out of first place, and the Miners are 11-8 overall. Jeane Horton leads the team and is second in the league with 4.43 kills per set, scoring 301 on the year. Xitlali Herrera is also in the top-15, scoring 3.06 kills per set. Malia Patterson is second in assists with 10.90 per set, and Cassandra Burruel is third in the league with 1.25 blocks per set. The Miners have won seven of their last eight matches.
SMU will host Tulsa in its annual "Dig Pink" match on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. The "Dig Pink" initiative is an event in conjunction with the Side-Out Foundation designed to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The first 100 fans to attend the match will receive a free "SMU is Dig Pink" t-shirt. There will be a silent auction featuring SMU Athletics items, including a basketball autographed by Larry Brown. The auction will also include items autographed by the volleyball team.
MANNING SETS CAREER RECORD
Courtney Manning broke Kendra Kahanek's SMU career blocks record with her first block at Southern Miss on Oct. 7, 2012, leading SMU to a come-from-behind win in the first set and eventually a sweep of the Golden Eagles. The senior finished with five in the match, taking her career total to 535. As a junior, Manning broke her own SMU single-season blocks record with an NCAA-best 185 total blocks, which ranks third all-time in a season in Conference USA. During her sophomore campaign, she recorded 162 blocks, breaking Natalie Peters' record of 151 set in 2005. Manning is tied for third all-time in C-USA history. Stephanie Meinig set the conference mark at 593 while playing at Cincinnati from 1997 to 2000.
MANNING GETS OFFENSIVE
Courtney Manning has made a name for herself as a blocking beast, but the senior middle blocker is also a tremendous threat on the offensive side, as well. She has had at least eight kills in seven of the last eight matches, scoring at least 10 in four including a career-high 16 kills against Arkansas-Little Rock. She is third in Conference USA with a .328 hitting percentage, climbing six spots in the rankings after hitting .833 with 10 kills and no errors in 12 attempts at Southern Miss. She has hit at least .400 in eight matches.
TRANSFER TAKING CHARGE
Junior transfer Maddie Lozano is leading the Mustangs with 77 blocks, ranking fifth in Conference USA with 1.10 blocks per set. Making the feat even more impressive, two-time single-season record setter Courtney Manning is still posting blocks, recording 60 this season. Lozano has had at least four blocks in 12 matches, including seven of the last eight, and scored a season-high seven blocks at Rice. She also posted a season-high 12 kills against ECU and has had nine kills in four matches. She reached double figures for the second time this season with 11 kills in a 3-1 win at UCF. Lozano is third on the team with 132 kills.
Five Mustangs have combined for 10 double-doubles this season, led by Olivia Bailey's five. Bailey scored 39 assists with 14 digs against Army and 31 assists and 20 digs in a 3-2 win over Arkansas-Little Rock. She finished with 31 assists and 18 digs at Tulsa, and added 51 assists and 13 digs against Marshall. The senior setter posted her fifth double-double of the year with a season-high 53 assists and 11 digs at UCF. Carla Armstrong accomplished the first double-double of the season for the Mustangs, scoring 10 kills with 10 digs against Cal State Fullerton for the first of her career. Freshman Avery Acker has two, posting her first double-double with 26 assists and 11 digs against Oklahoma, and adding a second with 23 assists and 22 digs at Rice. Caroline Young scored 23 kills and 18 digs against Army for the first double-double of her career, and freshman Abbey Bybel got her first with 16 kills and 13 digs at Rice.
SETTING THE TABLE
Senior transfer Olivia Bailey is fifth in Conference USA, averaging 9.07 assists per set, and is averaging 9.30 assists per set in C-USA matches. She has at least 25 assists in every match she has played in except two, including a season-high 53 at UCF, eclipsing 50 for the second time this season. She also recorded 51 assists against Marshall. She is also second on the team with 140 digs and has 24 blocks. Freshman Avery Acker has 201 assists, averaging 4.37 per set. She has had at least 20 assists in six matches, and is fourth on the team with 119 digs.
Sophomore Caroline Young has been SMU's most dominant and consistent offensive threat this season, scoring at least 10 kills in 11 matches, including four of the last six. She is 10th in Conference USA, averaging 3.27 per set for the season. She posted at least 20 kills four times, including a career high 26 at UCF. Young had nine kills in the second set alone against the Knights. She also had a career-high 18 digs with 23 kills against Armyfor her first double-double. Young leads C-USA with 0.39 aces per set, and is second with 27 aces overall. She is also third on the team with 36 blocks.
Freshman Abbey Bybel has inserted herself into the SMU offensive attack. The 6-0 middle blocker has at least five kills in nine of the last 11 matches she has played in. She scored a season-high 16 kills against Rice, reaching double figures for the second time this season. Bybel also finished with 13 digs at Rice for her first double-double. She hit .400 against Texas State, scoring five kills, including the first kill of her collegiate career, with just one error in 10 attempts. She also has 11 blocks and 54 digs for the season.
LEWIS DIGS DEFENSE
Senior Susan Lewis won the starting libero position after three different players saw action in the different colored jersey early in the season. In eight of the last 10 matches, Lewis has recorded at least 10 digs, including a career-high 29 against Arkansas-Little Rock, which is the eighth most in a match by a C-USA player this season. She has climbed into the top-15 in C-USA, ranking 11th overall with 3.59 digs per set, and ranks seventh in the league in conference matches, averaging 4.26 digs per set.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Caroline Young was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, and Olivia Bailey was named C-USA Setter of the Week as the Mustangs won two of the three conference weekly awards after picking up a pair of road wins. Young recorded a career-high 26 kills in a 3-1 win at UCF and finished the weekend with 5.43 kills per set, leading the league for the week. She hit .449 against the Knights, and also had four blocks. The Brenham, Texas native had 12 kills, three aces and three blocks in a 3-0 victory at Southern Miss to cap off the weekend. Bailey led the league with 12.14 assists per set in the two wins, recording a season-high 53 assists at UCF to eclipse 50 for the second time this season. She also had 11 digs against the Knights for her fifth double-double of the season. The senior transfer is fifth in the league with 9.07 assists per set for the year.